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The E-Sylum:  Volume 9, Number 41, October 8, 2006, Article 24

HARD TIMES TOKEN FOUND DURING HOME RENOVATION

On Friday, the New Hampshire Union Leader published an article about a
couple who unearthed what turned out to be a Hard Times Token while
renovating their home:

"Amy and Christopher Cammarota purchased a 17th-century Colonial-era house
on Thorton Way two years ago, expecting they would need to maintain and
rebuild the crumbling rubble foundation. They did not expect to unearth
historical artifacts in the process.

Last year, Amy Cammarota discovered at the base of the house a Daniel
Webster coin imprinted with the tall ship Constitution, the couple said in
August.

"I kept seeing it on the ground, and one day I kicked it and dug it up with
my foot," she said. "It was green and corroded, and we cleaned it with a
tooth brush and water."

The token appeared to have been issued sometime between 1832 and 1844, and
builders working on the foundation in the mid-19th century possibly, and
providently, placed the coin in the foundation to mark the date of their
work."

"The Cammarotas have found other artifacts, including old farm equipment,
horseshoes and an ax. As for the coin, they planned to frame it to mark the
history of the house."

To read the complete article, see: Full Story

  Wayne Homren, Editor

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